‘Noah’ Is Dirty and Not PG Says Darren Aronofsky

The director of ‘The Wolverine’ discusses his plans to turn the Book of Genesis into his next big screen project.

Darrn Aronofsky hopes to direct Noah after The Wolverine
Darrn Aronofsky hopes to direct Noah after The Wolverine
While Darren Aronofsky prepares to shoot the highly anticipated Marvel Comics adaptation one-off The Wolverine, he is also gearing up to publish a four-part graphic novel series titled Noah.

The mini-series will be a sci-fi adaptation of Noah's Ark from The Book of Genesis with art from Nico Henrichon. Darren Aronofsky's hope is to turn this illustrated, biblical reboot into his next project. And his inspirations, oddly enough, sprang from watching the 1976 Sunn Pictures documentary In Search of Noah's Ark as a kid, of which he says, "I'm a huge fan."

Darren Aronofsky has been working on the Noah screenplay for the past six years, and will try to secure a studio as soon as he finishes The Wolverine.

But don't expect a clean-cut tale as told in Sunday School. Darren Aronofsky has ambitious ideas for this version of the man who saved all the animals of the world from an apocalyptic flood.

"(He was the) first environmentalist. (The) first person to plant vineyards, drink wine and get drunk. I was stunned going back and realizing how dirty some of those stories are. They're not PG in any way. They're all about sleeping with your brother's sister who gives you a child who you don't know. That kind of stuff got censored out of our religious upbringing."

Darren Aronofsky is set to start principle photography on The Wolverine later this year.

The Wolverine was released July 26th, 2013 and stars Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee. The film is directed by James Mangold.

Noah was released March 28th, 2014 and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky.

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  1. the Narrator

    @skywise, it's fine. I apologize if I was brash as well, as it wasn't my intention either. I think highly of you as well, and I think we're on the same page here. ;)

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  2. skywise

    @narrator I am sorry if i was rude i didn't mean to be its just that i know some of my responses are long winded (and this is a topic that seems a lot of people have something to say) and i think your pretty damn smart from what i can gather from your writings on this web site.

    @ejk1 I agree about the craziness in the bible. There is so much violence and wickedness and blood shed. Some of the stories used to scare of as a child but one i always loved was Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego surviving the fiery furnace. That was always inspiring to me.

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  3. Dan

    Hence why I said *if* he gets his funding, but I know you know that :P

    I would like to be a smart ass and say that the billion plus Christians of the world should count as a built-in audience, given that it's a story from the book they put their faith in, but I'd only be halfway right, as many, as we've already discussed and pointed out, have these flowery interpretations of the story, and it would be hard to make them come on board if it didn't align with that at all. Passion lost a good chunk of Christian audience/sales as well, put in that perspective, as I knew PLENTY of Christians who wouldn't see it because they felt it was just 2 hours of torture (which it was at a surface level). It still ended up making 300 million plus due to an aggressive grass roots campaign and Mel's name plastered on it, which I'll agree, I don't think Aronofsky could pull off with the same success, therefore making your argument completely valid, unfortunately.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. ejk1

    @dan1 Mel funded and released The Passion on his own, if I'm not mistaken. Aronofsky won't be able to do that. Now, please don't take everything I've said on the subject as me not wanting a movie to happen, because I would be interested in seeing this. My only concern is that no one will buy the novel, which will hurt his chances of making the film. If the novelis a success, studios will be receptive; if it's not, then he has an uphill battle. Someone on this thread said that Aronofsky made wonderful films on 13 million, which is true, but that will basically be a drop in the bucket for this. When considering all the effects that will need to be used for the Arc scenes, we're looking at a hundred million at least. Studios may not be comfortable shelling out if they know that there is no built-in audience.

    @narrator It's as good as any other topic to go off on a tangent with, so my advice is to keep going :)

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  5. the Narrator

    That's actually one of my favorite tales in the Bible @ejk1. I mean, it's twisted, absolutely, and he gets punished for it (well, it's really the whole nation suffers for it), but without it, we would have never had Solomon. Solomon, one of the most influential icons in my life, and the lives of others. I mean, the ends don't justify the means, as it's not like that, but it rather shows that all things bring out a positive note somehow. Rather interesting to get into this, but I'm sure it would offend some. :P

    But it shows that even some of our greatest heroes in that book were flawed as any man today, and people tend to overlook that for the stereotypical *sshole-christian outlook. Another good example is Absalom and his relationship with his father, King David. That's pretty f*cked up as well, with the whole overthrowing and driving his father out, sleeping with is fathers concubines in front of the view of the public, only for him to be killed by Joab against David's wishes, who couldn't harm his son, etc. Another poetically tragic one was the tale of Joab and his brothers, who during the civil war in Israel (Israel against Judah), Abner killed one of Joabs brothers, and despite David's wishes, Joab stabbed Abner in the garden, after peace had been offered. It's baring stuff. :P

    As you can see, I'm going off topic with this, but I am relieved to see that some people take an interest in such things to look into them, etc.

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  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Sh*t, I'd fund his project

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Dan

    @ejk1 Exactly why someone like Aronofsky, who has proven more then capable of handling dark, mature material, is excellent for an adaption of a story from the Bible. I have the same confidence in him as I did with Gibson on Passion. Gibson didn't hold back, and though a bit catholic-y, gave the best rendition of the Passion yet. I see Aronofsky being at that level, too, if he gets his funding.

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  8. ejk1

    @thedude-abides A 200 million box office for Wolverine would go a long way in securing the funding for this film, which will have to be immense.

    @narrator@skywise@dan1 I just read your discussion, and I must say I am intrigued. Here's the thing: Anyone that has read the Bible knows how nasty it can get. From Genesis to Revelations, there are many things held within that will shock and/or frighten people. David, for instance, is a great hero for killing Goliath, but a real jerk when he sends Uriah to his death in order to marry Bathsheba. I mean seriously, that is one twisted move.

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  9. the Narrator

    @skywise, I am sorry if I came across as obvious, as my intention was not to treat you like a child. If you'd forgive me that, I'd appreciate you not doing the same to me, as everything you said was not only understandable, but pretty basic.

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  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    This is new, I hope Daren can direct this. it sounds like another oscar nominee

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. moviegeek

    Okay why is he publishing a graphic novel just to turn around and make it into a film. Seems like he should skip the middle step or delete the last one.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  12. skywise

    @narrator oh come now i am not an idiot. I was only stating that these apocryphas are very interesting to me because they give insight in to different beliefs and different concepts. To me that is interesting. The doc*ment itself has been proven to be written in the 2nd century which makes it a very old fictional doc*ment and was probably written by the Gnostic followers of Judas and not Judas himself.

    The age of the doc*ment alone intruiges me because these ideas and concepts are part of history. As i said i dont want to debate any faith based ideals but again was only mentioning it because it intruiges me.

    Like i said below i am not a very religious person but the histories of the gospels, old test. and apocryphas are very very interesting to me. And as far as the scientific aspects of religion...well that is something that interest me greatly so while i may be interested in these gnostic books its purely for knowledge. As well as understanding what was happening at that time.

    In those days there was not just one church but many different ideals and different belief systems. Does that make sense?

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  13. the Narrator

    Amen @dan1. I studied the Quaran for a few months, and I found things that just blew me away, no offense. The female's value in Islam is staggeringly low, yet they vie and defend their beliefs, no matter how little they know about the rest of the world.

    @skywise, "The Gospel of Judas" is fictional... you know that, right? Because no proof of it ever being "discovered" has been authentically revealed. And before anyone says the same of the bible, scientists have found geographical proof of many events that took place in the bible, as well as tarnished remains of chariots at the bottom of the Red Sea, etc. The Old Testament is the oldest testament of time and life in the early ages, pre-dating the Quaran by several hundred years, proving it's worth both religiously and scientifically. Not to go overboard here, or anything. :P

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  14. Dan

    @skywise How any woman could or would want to follow Islam, at least in the Middle East and eastern countries, is beyond me. I've read enough to know that life for them is worse then the f*cking stray dog roaming the streets. But then as you say, it falls on ignorance, they're just not brought up with the knowledge that they can be treated better, and become conditioned to being treated like sh*t and made to feel sub-human.

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  15. skywise

    @dan1 oh supes if only that were the case. Its a sad state of affairs and i understand that it is all faith based but it makes so much more sense when you understand the history and what was happening at the time.

    I hate to say it because its so cliche but people are sheep and so many are willing to take everything at face value or blindly follow teachings of those with an agenda.

    Its much much worse in other countries...say Afghanistan (where i spent a good ammount of time). The less educated, the more ignorance is displayed.

    Well, they say ignorance is bliss....i should be so lucky.

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  16. Dan

    @skywise Sure, the political climate of the times influenced why we have so many 'white' Jesus's around, but people should also be able to do some critical thinking on their own and put 2 and 2 together.

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  17. skywise

    @dan1 i dont want to get into to much of a bible debate but i agree with you about his color. The thing to remeber is that after the roman catholic church and later after King James "revised" the book they commisioned (beautiful) paintings of the man in a way that would appeal to the people those catholics were trying to control. To do this, they depicted him as a white man.

    What is funny to me is how many die hard christians dont even know or care to learn the HISTORY of their own religion.

    I am not a very religious person but its also a hobby of mine. Particularly the AZpocryphas and most recently the "Gospel of Judas"

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  18. Dan

    I've said it in the past, I'll say it again. Properly adapted, the bible is NC-17 material, easily.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  19. the Narrator

    @dan1, definitely. He'd be in the very least tan, and leaning more towards Sayid from Lost's color. But no Samuel L. Lol. Some people think he was Ethiopian or something. :P

    But in all seriousness, the Bible is definitely judged by poor interpretations of it's extremely powerful, dark, and lovely content, which in turn paints a dull picture for audiences and people around the world. I mean the Old Testament had things far more perverse and violent in it than the very worst of 300. People don't grasp that.

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  20. Dan

    @narrator It still cracks me up all the white washing that goes on concerning Jesus. Everywhere you look, white Jesus's. I highly doubt he was white if he was from the middle east 2000 years ago. He'd be dark skinned, dark hair, and prob brown eyes.

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  21. the Narrator

    Awesome! Let's hope the dramatic changes and/or fill ins aren't too overboard (pun!).

    People don't seem to understand that the Bible is gritty, violent, and somber, not some pretty rainbows and ponies stuff. My favorite book in Ecclesiastes because Solomon, the wisest and richest man in the world at the time, saw life as nothing more than chasing the wind. That's what the entire book was about! Talk about somber and depressing, lol.

    This is definitely a potentially dark film. I mean, Noah's own son having allowed the past world to slightly influence him, went and "lied" with his father post-arc landing, which, after research, really meant that he lied UPON his father, in a perverted way, which led Noah to rebuke him and his descendants. That's just one example, as this is a potentially dark tale. Let's just hope Aronofsky doesn't go too overboard with it, and keeps it within it's practical and IMO, ethical limits. Last think I'd want is people to be turned off by the film. It's heavy stuff and shouldn't be taken lightly. And yeah, I know my Bible, folks. It's a bit of a hobby of mine. Sue me.:P

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  22. skywise

    I think this sounds like a great film for Aronofsky and after his recent succesess and his turn with Wolvie, well the man is a genius so i cant wait to see his take on this story. I hope it works out for him.

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  23. Corey W.

    @dan1: haha. If you've got any other ways I can piss the old man off be sure to tell me. :P

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  24. Dan

    @corey Now you're getting it! I'll corrupt you in due time.

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  25. Corey W.

    @dan1: Oh, haha. I didn't know the goal was the piss off the one your conversating with. lol. I'll keep that in my mind on Parent's Day at my school next month. :D

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  26. Dan

    @corey Actually, there is no wrong way to talk politics. If you're getting the opposition upset over what you're saying, you're doing a good job :P

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. Corey W.

    @dan1: I'm terrible at talking politics. I always say the wrong things. lol

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  28. CUPID

    @dan1 How did i know you were gonna say that.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  29. Dan

    Why not? I love talking both, it makes people get excited, which amuses me :P

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  30. CUPID

    This is why they always say never talk Religion or Politics.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

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